Supported learners walk the catwalk to celebrate diversity in fashion

Supported learners walk the catwalk to celebrate diversity in fashion

Supported learners at East Kent College has taken part in a fashion show celebrating and supporting diversity in the industry.

The students, based at the college’s Folkestone campus, created a collection of second-hand clothing which they debuted on the catwalk.

The collection, called Altered Images, was created from clothes sourced from charity shops, and promoted the idea of cost-effective fashion; hair and make-up students from the college’s Dover campus were also on hand to provide styling for the event.

The show was organised by charity ARRCC – which supports people with physical and sensory impairments.

Jackie Clancy, the college’s programme director of supported learning, said: “It takes a lot of courage to stand up on the catwalk. It has done wonders for their confidence and they have all expressed creativity and enhanced their design skills.”

ARRCC’s deputy CEO Trish Bishop said: “We are doing our best to get the message across that the fashion industry is prone to excluding people with disabilities and we would like that to change.”